Edward C Lorenz, Ph.D.
Chair and Reid-Knox Professor of History, Professor of Political Science & Public Affairs Director
Joined Alma College Faculty in 1989
Office Hours: MW 4:00-5:00 p.m; TTh 11:30-12:30; and Friday 10:00-Noon and by appointment
Professor Lorenz teaches in the history and political science departments, directs the Public Affairs Institute, and teaches courses in support of the Environmental Studies and Public Health programs. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Ehrlich national service-learning award. He has served as the President of the Michigan Conference of Political Scientists and was appointed by Christine Todd Whitman during her tenure as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. He also serves as Legal Committee Chair of the Pine River Superfund Task-Force (an EPA community advisory group). His recent research has focused on international labor standards and the intersection of international labor, health, and environmental policy challenges arising from the operation of multinational enterprises. His recent book, "Civic Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Greed" won the best book of 2012 from the Historical Society of Michigan and on May 29. 2013 received the Axion Award, silver medal, for books on business ethics.
- Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1978
- M.A., Georgetown University
- B.S., Towson University
International labor and employment policy; human rights and conflict resolution; intersection of labor, environmental, and health policy. Recently has focused on business and human rights and new structures to build a more equitable and sustainable economy.
Recent Courses Taught
- Interest Groups and Parties. POL 245.
- Communication Issues & Public Leadership. PAF 160/360.
- First Year Seminar: Science, Faith and Law. FYS 20.
Directed Student Presentations and Achievements
- Universality in Human Rights
- International Criminal Court Retreat
- International DDT Conference
- Student Research and Presentation
Selected Book Publications
- Robert Richardson, ed; with Ed Lorenz et al.. Building a Green Economy. Michigan State University Press. 2013.
- Edward C Lorenz, Ph.D.. Civic Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Excess. Michigan State University Press. April 1, 2012.
- Edward C Lorenz, Ph.D.. "Globalization, Market Forces, and Democratic Values: Challenges and Dilemmas, [with Mahmood Monshipuri and Sean Duffy]." International Studies Journal. 2011, 7, 3, 81-110 January 10, 2011.
- Edward C Lorenz, Ph.D.. "The Pine River Statement: Human Health Consequences of DDT Use." Environmental Health Perspectives. 2009, September 2009,09.
- "Civic Engagement and Corporate Excess." U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. June 28, 2011.
- "Challenges to Effective Service Learning." Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). San Francisco, CA. January 28, 2011.
- "The Common Table Dialogue between Mexican and U.S. Rural Residents." 11th Conference on the Americas. November 6, 2010.
- with Mike Vickery.  ""Our Common Table: Constructing Trans-border Understanding of Shared Risks, Resources, and Responsibilities"." International Farming Systems Association. Vienna, Austria. 7-5-10.
- Ben Roberts ('12) and Anita Hemlich ('12), Jane Keon, Carol Layman, and Gary Smith.  "Reversing Environmental-Health Policy Mistakes." U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Community Involvement Conference. Seattle, Washington. August 19, 2009.
- ""Changes in Ottawa and Washington: What Now?"." Canadian Studies Roundtable. East Lansing, MI. March 20, 2009.
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Selected External Research Grants
- Edward Lorenz.  "Eugene Kenaga International DDT Conference." Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force and Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Effective: March 15, 2008.
- Edward Lorenz.  "Common Table." Kellogg Foundation. Effective: January 1, 2007.
- American Anthropological Association
- American Political Science Asso.
- American Historical Association
Service to the College
- Serve on Board of Trustees, Planning and Evaluation Committee
- History Dept. Chair
- Public Affairs Institute Director
Service to the Community
- Pine River Superfund Task Force, Legal Chair
- Project Puente, El Paso, TX, Board Member